Title: The Orpheum Miracle
Author: Pat Henshaw
Series: Bah Humbug: 2016 Advent Calendar
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 12/01/16
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
” Christmas joy is a matter of perspective. For some, it’s the happiest time of the year. For others, not so much.
Twenty-nine-year-old Mick, the son of crack addicts, isn’t exactly a dyed-in-the-wool Scrooge. Mick’s been on his own from childhood. As a teen, he lived in a shelter where for a short time he had a boyfriend. After the boyfriend left, Mick moved to the Orpheum Theater. While squatting there and taking care of the grand old building, Mick watched others celebrate the holidays from a distance, never able to share in their joy.
Only his Technicolor dreams liven his dull, mechanical life until one day the world around him begins to change. Mick is surprised when a man named Jim buys the vintage Orpheum and plans to restore it. Something about Jim makes Mick think they’ve met before. In fact, Jim rekindles Mick’s longing for a better life and a little holiday magic for himself..
Review: This story was short but it packed a punch.
Mick stole my heart right from the very beginning. I have a little bit of a weakness for the underdog character that’s doing everything he can to make his life better but just can’t seem to get ahead of the curve. He was genuine and hard-working despite being placed in many situations that could have shaped him to react differently. He remained honest and true to himself in times when it was extremely difficult to do so. Mick was a strong, well-rounded character and I absolutely loved him!
I also have a soft spot for the hero that comes swooping in to help, with some exceptions, of course. Most of the time I have a difficult time with books that are centered around this “hero premise,” if you will, because the one swooping in and doing the saving often has an air of entitlement and 8 times out of 10 believes that the “damsel” owes them for their help. I was a little hesitant to read this book for that reason, but I’m entirely glad that I did because Jim did not come across that way at all. Jim was exactly the right kind of hero. He was sweet and strong and he had a desire to help Mick, but he wasn’t condescending even in the slightest. He just genuinely wanted to help Mick make a better life for himself and that makes me so beyond happy to read about!
This book was absolutely fantastic. It was pretty short but written extremely well. It was a full story with no cliffhangers. Mick was so full of hope and dreams for a better life. It was the perfect book for the 2016 to 2017 transition and I definitely recommend it.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the author or the publisher in any way.